The Independent Bankers Bank' in Springfield, Ill., is getting into the long-distance phone business, putting itself in direct competition with the state's community bank trade group.

Though the two organizations have been close since the bankers' bank's founding 10 years ago - in fact, Community Bankers Association of Illinois executive director Robert J. Wingert was a founding director of the bank - the bankers' bank wasn't talking last week when the trade group called for information about the new service.

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